An Elberton man and a Hull woman have been arrested for an armed robbery in which a Jefferson convenience store clerk was tied with duct tape, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Shaun Joseph Fortson, 25, of Elberton and Keri Ann Mullins, 32, of Hull, were caught soon after the armed robbery at Deep’s Store, located on Commerce Road (Ga. Hwy. 15), in front of Harrisburg Fire Department Nov. 4.
A lone clerk in the store said a white male dressed in all black and a cap, and a woman with a ski masking covering her face came into the business and demanded money, according to an incident report.
The man grabbed the female clerk’s hair and put a small gun to her head, according to the sheriff’s office. He demanded money and threatened to shoot the clerk.
He pulled the clerk to a cash register and made her open it. The male suspect then emptied the money — an estimated $500-600 — in his pockets.
Both suspects further put duct tape around the clerk’s mouth, feet and hands, according to an incident report.
The clerk was forced to the floor and the female suspect grabbed about five packs of cigarettes. The suspects fled the store and the clerk was later able to call 911 with her hands still placed together with duct tape.
A deputy responding to the incident saw a vehicle with a white male and female staring at him as he drove on Brockton Road. Believing the passengers in the speeding car may have been involved in the armed robbery, the deputy turned around and tried to follow the vehicle.
He initially couldn’t find the car, but later saw it parked at another gas station in Nicholson, according to an incident report.
The deputy said the man and the woman in the car — later identified as Fortson and Mullins — were cooperative, but nervous, when they spoke to him. The deputy said he saw Mullins put something in the trash can and start pumping gas at Dan’s Food Mart when he arrived at the store.
Mullins said Fortson was on methadone and they were returning home after visiting relatives in Watkinsville.
Fortson allowed the deputy to search his vehicle, where deputies found a roll of duct tape, a ski mask, a stainless steel BB gun, and several new packs of cigarettes. An investigator also found $350 from the waistband of Fortson’s pants.
Fortson and Mullins were then arrested for armed robbery and taken to the Jackson County Jail.
While there, a female deputy found a one dollar bill in Mullins’ front pocket that had “Good Luck” written on it, according to an incident report. Another one dollar, also with “Good Luck” scribbled on it, was found in the crease of Mullins’ belly. She had a total of $46 in one dollar bills.
Mullins also had two plastic wraps with a green leafy substance in her vagina, according to an incident report. She was further charged with bringing drugs across the jail guard line.